Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Landscape of the Noncoding Transcriptome Response of Two Arabidopsis Ecotypes to Phosphate Starvation

Abstract : Thousands of lncRNAs with ecotype-specific expression, including two that likely regulate primary root growth, are potentially linked to the evolution of regulatory mechanisms among ecotypes. Root architecture varies widely between species; it even varies between ecotypes of the same species, despite strong conservation of the coding portion of their genomes. By contrast, noncoding RNAs evolve rapidly between ecotypes and may control their differential responses to the environment, since several long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are known to quantitatively regulate gene expression. Roots from ecotypes Columbia and Landsbergerectaof Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) respond differently to phosphate starvation. Here, we compared transcriptomes (mRNAs, lncRNAs, and small RNAs) of root tips from these two ecotypes during early phosphate starvation. We identified thousands of lncRNAs that were largely conserved at the DNA level in these ecotypes. In contrast to coding genes, many lncRNAs were specifically transcribed in one ecotype and/or differentially expressed between ecotypes independent of phosphate availability. We further characterized these ecotype-related lncRNAs and studied their link with small interfering RNAs. Our analysis identified 675 lncRNAs differentially expressed between the two ecotypes, including antisense RNAs targeting key regulators of root-growth responses. Misregulation of several lincRNAs showed that at least two ecotype-related lncRNAs regulate primary root growth in ecotype Columbia. RNA-sequencing analysis following deregulation of lncRNA NPC48 revealed a potential link with root growth and transport functions. This exploration of the noncoding transcriptome identified ecotype-specific lncRNA-mediated regulation in root apexes. The noncoding genome may harbor further mechanisms involved in ecotype adaptation of roots to different soil environments.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas
Contributor : Marianne Leriche <>
Submitted on : Friday, October 9, 2020 - 11:11:09 AM
Last modification on : Friday, October 23, 2020 - 3:59:17 PM



Thomas Blein, Coline Balzergue, Thomas Roulé, Marc Gabriel, Laetitia Scalisi, et al.. Landscape of the Noncoding Transcriptome Response of Two Arabidopsis Ecotypes to Phosphate Starvation. Plant Physiology, American Society of Plant Biologists, 2020, 183 (3), pp.1058-1072. ⟨10.1104/pp.20.00446⟩. ⟨cea-02962421⟩



Record views